Imagine a world where talent, application and a little bit of luck can get you where you want to go. Where merit is rewarded, creativity is prized, and skilled people wait to help you on your way.
Now imagine a world where no matter how little talent you have or how much effort you put in, your work will be treated just the same as everyone else’s. If you have money, you can participate: if you don’t, you can’t.
The first world is commercial publication; the second world is vanity- and self-publication. Which one sounds the best to you?